Archbishop of San Juan, Roberto O. Gonzalez, has Spine Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery

New York—February 9, 2012 

Roberto O. Gonzalez, Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been admitted to Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for spinal surgery.

The operation was successfully completed today at 2:30 p.m. ET. The surgical team was led by Dr. Frank P. Cammisa Jr., chief of the Spinal Surgery Service of the Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery.

According to Dr. Cammisa, “Archbishop Gonzalez had successful spinal surgery this morning. He is doing well and we anticipate a full recovery and return to his normal activities.”

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About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 2 in rheumatology, No. 19 in neurology, and No. 16 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2011-12), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at
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